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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: Investigation is appropriate step

    Sheriff Mike Armstrong’s reticence about the details of the shooting of a family’s pet dog by one of his deputies continues to trouble us, but we are willing to be patient with Mr. Armstrong’s office for a few more days.

    That’s because we think it’s a good idea that Mr. Armstrong launched an internal investigation about why Deputy Brian Miller used deadly force as his first option when confronted by a Labrador in the backyard of a house he was checking for break-in.

  • We congratulate: Mr. Hudson’s choice by United Way

    The choice of Bobby Hudson to head Shelby County’s United Way campaign is a terrific one for those who want to raise money to help community service organizations in Shelby County.

    Mr. Hudson, the popular and capable CEO of the Shelby County Industrial & Development Foundation, certainly knows his way around our boardrooms, corporate offices and public leadership ladder.

    With decades spent in banking, business development and luring new companies and jobs to the county, Mr. Hudson is known by almost everyone who makes decisions on any level.

  • SOUDER: Don’t know much about history

    This weekend, most of you will no doubt be celebrating our nation’s independence. Perhaps you will go on a picnic, watch a parade, or take in a fireworks show. Unfortunately, according to the Department of Education’s “National Report Card” released last week, several of us will not know the reason for the all the festivities.

  • Beaufort: A place in the heart, a residence of the soul

    There are places that are emblazoned into our hearts and souls as if seared there before birth, a match for us and our time that we would learn only through life’s tumultuous passage.

    Home certainly is primary, the place where we planted our roots and grew among our nourishing family and friends, but there are others, unique plots on a map to which we are drawn and driven by strands of our DNA and the forces that propel us.

  • What we think: Deputy’s actions require transparency

    The tragic intersection last week of a family pet protecting her home and a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy investigating a blaring alarm has left us more sad and concerned about the silence after the alarm than the grisly details of what happened while it was sounding on July 18.

    Certainly there’s our sadness for the family of Bart and Renee Lewis of Shelbyville, who lost their beloved pet dog Daisy as a horrible byproduct of an event that can be all too frequent in any neighborhood.

  • Beaufort: A place in the heart, a residence of the soul

    There are places that are emblazoned into our hearts and souls as if seared there before birth, a match for us and our time that we would learn only through life’s tumultuous passage.

    Home certainly is primary, the place where we planted our roots and grew among our nourishing family and friends, but there are others, unique plots on a map to which we are drawn and driven by strands of our DNA and the forces that propel us.

  • What we think: Deputy’s actions require transparency

    The tragic intersection last week of a family pet protecting her home and a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy investigating a blaring alarm has left us more sad and concerned about the silence after the alarm than the grisly details of what happened while it was sounding on July 18.

    Certainly there’s our sadness for the family of Bart and Renee Lewis of Shelbyville, who lost their beloved pet dog Daisy as a horrible byproduct of an event that can be all too frequent in any neighborhood.

  • Letters to the Editor, June 29, 2011

    Allewalt says thanks
    about Commandments

    In communities all over the country, the issue of the display of the Ten Commandments in public buildings is a familiar one. When I requested the removal of the displays in two of our government offices, I was well aware that in many other counties in the U.S., this type of request is often met with open and active hostility and uproar. So needless to say, I was apprehensive about making the request.